Preceding labor there are often premonitory symptoms, such as, nervous trembling, sadness, looseness of the bowels, flying pains through the abdomen, frequent inclination to pass water, followed by a slight discharge of reddish mucus. But at length pains, bearing down, come on at regular intervals, gradually increasing in intensity and frequency until the little being is ushered into the world. During the progress of the labor, cold water may be taken if desired. As the labor progresses there may be